Family Life in the Holy Spirit

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Family Life in the Holy Spirit

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One summer our family vacationed in Maine. With a “Mainer” family we drove up to Acadia National Park, looking forward to beautiful scenery and incredible vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.

It was not to be. The coast was totally fog-bound. Visibility varied between fifty to a hundred yards as we followed paths, climbed cliffs, and walked on the seashore. Everything we saw was misty and shrouded.

While every analogy limps, I think life here on earth is a lot like our three days in Acadia. We don’t see clearly, and the bigger picture of God’s plan for us is often nowhere in sight. In Maine, however, our friends kept insisting that “the ocean is just beyond” and “the cliffs look spectacular.” Postcards teased us with their clarity. We knew we were on the coast, whether we saw it or not.

It is the same way with the Holy Spirit. He is always present with us and our families: We just can’t always see his presence and action clearly.

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